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Gibson EB1 Owners Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by swift1894, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. swift1894

    swift1894

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    It would be nice to know of other members who own one of these beautiful basses.

    Also if you could give the serial number and any history, how long you've owned it, where you are etc.

    To start things off mine is a 2nd batch version.
    Serial number 908770 which implies it was built in 1968 although the EB1 shipping figures state that the 2nd batch started in 1970!?

    http://www.flyguitars.com/gibson/bas...ingFigures.php

    I've owned it for over 30 years. I'm in the north of England
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  2. Tanner5382

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    I'll join. I have a 1956. I'll post pics when I get home, but I already have a thread up with pics called "NBD: 1956 Gibson EB-1." I'd love to see some pics of yours as well. Thanks for making a club dedicated to these cool basses!
  3. swift1894

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    Yeah I've seen it. Nice one. In fact I posted on your thread about the position of the front strap button. Mine's under the neck which tilts the top away from me. Some have the button on the back and yours is on the top of the body. I wondered what the optimum position is.

    Anyway welcome Member Number 2!
  4. Tanner5382

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    Ah, that's right, I forgot about that! Thank you! Hopefully we will find some more owners.
  5. Mojo-Man

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    :cool:

    These are great basses.
    I own a 1968 EB1. Stupidly traded it. One of the few bad trade I've made.
  6. swift1894

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    Condolences!:crying:
  7. swift1894

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    Here's my EB1.
    Note position of strap button.
    I use Rotosound RS66S strings.

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  8. SturmUndDrang

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    Count me in. Mine is serial # 543151, approx. 1969.
    Got from E-bay. and have had for just a few years. I also have a Sunn 2000s with a matching 2x15 Sunn cab. I can also get great sounds from a Mesa walkabout. Strung with ECB81 Dad chromes. Search my profile for Pappalardi transcriptions. Might start working on another one soon.
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  9. swift1894

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    Nice pic! I'll post one of mine tomorrow, in it's YELLOW plush pile.
    So you play "a la Felix" whereas I play "a la Jack".
    I also have a MOD-BAR and metal saddles on the bridge.
    So...... looks like you have a strap button on the back as well as the top of the body.
  10. SturmUndDrang

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    Just one strap button on the back of the neck heel. The large padded strap helps distribute the weight and the balance is good. I got a mod bar as well and had to put grooves in it because of the saddle screws but it works great and my E string sounds much better. Also had to replace the foam behind the pickup. Keep the bridge cover, pick guard and end pin off, as you say, a la Felix.
  11. BassHappy

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    MAJOR GAS....

    Me wants one so bad.....

    Beautiful BEAUTIFUL basses.

    How can Felix and Jack be wrong?????

    BassHappy
    www.innertainment.net
  12. swift1894

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    Yeah I noticed an improvement with the MOD-BAR.

    My EB1 has Schaller type machine heads.

    Anyway welcome Member Number 3!!
  13. sanderic

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    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1388711295.920817.jpg 69 serial number, my second EB-1. This one is interesting because it's the only one with an original form fitting case that I've seen; my other one, and all other ones I've seen, had a rectangular case. Notice I installed a Dimarzio Model One, a highly recommend this upgrade.
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    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1388713160.984943.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1388713192.797900.jpg
    Photo from the mid 70s with my original EB-1 and Ampeg B15N; also pictured with my early 70s Kasino 200
  15. swift1894

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    I'm sure one will come your way in time.

    Love the VIOLA bass on your site btw
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    Yeah mine has a rectangular case. Interesting that yours has a form fitting shape. Do you still have both EB-1s? What difference has the DiMarzio made?

    Welcome Member Number 4!
  17. sanderic

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    No, the first is long gone. The Dimarzio has more high end and clarity. It is not as loud as the original pu. Hipshot makes a two point replacement bridge for these basses, would love to try one of those.
  18. swift1894

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    Yeah I've been looking into the Hipshot bridge.
    You need to put wedge shaped washers under the bridge, around the 2 replacement posts, because the Hipshot is flat but the EB1 is arched, so it will foul in the middle of the bridge otherwise.
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    A pic of my 1956


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  20. BassHappy

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    Thanks for the kind words. Always envious of the Hofner owners - but they always felt cheap and plastic somehow to me. I like substantial body wood under me, ya know? Loved the sound many got out of them though!

    Someday, someday, someday - I hope one of these EB-1's in nice shape will come my way!

    Best,

    BassHappy
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